Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Alpha Venture Partners
Brian is interested in discussing deal-sourcing innovations based on best practices at Pritzker Group and at Alpha Venture Partners.
As Operating Partner and co-founder of Alpha Venture Partners, Brian evaluates new investment opportunities and develops the Alpha VC network. In addition, Brian advises Pritzker Group Venture Capital on East Coast deal flow and relationships, and he provides product, marketing, strategic partnership, and operating expertise to portfolio companies.
Prior to Alpha Venture Partners, Brian was the CEO and founder of Preclick, (sold to Smilebox), where he developed photo software licensed worldwide by HP, 3M, Sandisk, Walmart, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. Prior to Preclick, Mr. Smiga was CEO at 3Path, an Intel and Goldman-Sachs backed startup, and the SVP of Marketing at 1ClickCharge, where his product launch resulted in a sale of the company to CMGi.
In the 1990s, Mr. Smiga began his career as a developer at Booz & Co, and in Silicon Valley was cofounder and President of Portfolio Software and Actioneer, where he co-authored six software patents and licensed top-rated software to Apple, IBM, Microsoft, AOL, 3Com, Acco, and others. Brian received a BA from Swarthmore College, and a Masters of Philosophy from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Brian is the founder and executive director of one of the largest TEDx conferences, TEDxNavesink, hosted at Monmouth University, near his home in Monmouth County, NJ.